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Station Hills apart

One of the Station Hill, St Michael districts showing some of the houses  and the former Glendairy Prisons in the background. There is always a constant flow of traffic along the Station Hill Main Road in St Peter, even in the wee hours of the morning. (Pictures by Nigel Browne.) Wayne Thorne taking a shower at the standpipe in Station Hill, St Michael. This sign points to one of the avenues in the Station Hill, St Michael area.

By Marlon Madden | Wed, November 21, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Station Hill in St Peter is no longer home to the District “E” Police Station and District Court, while the Glendairy Prisons are no longer in operation in Station Hill, St Michael.

The jail, which was built in 1855, was abandoned after it was badly damaged in an uprising by prisoners on March 29 and 30, 2005. A modern replacement one was opened on October 15, 2007, at Dodds, St Philip.

The District “E” station has also been relocated – to Speightstown. It was opened on January 7, 2005. And the court proceedings are now carried out in Holetown.

However, there are some things that remain the same for some residents in those two communities.

In Station Hill, St Michael, the use of a standpipe to draw water is a major concern for one hamlet while the constant flow and noise of traffic annoys some residents in Station Hill, St Peter.

On the border of Station Hill and Waterford Bottom, St Michael, is Belleview Gap. Most of the residents have no running water and so they use the standpipe located along a section of the Station Hill Road.

Two residents, Andrew Forde and Wayne Thorne, were seen washing items of clothing at the standpipe.

The duo told the MIDWEEK NATION that it was “easier” for them to wash and shower at the public pipe than to fetch the water to take home.

“This is an everyday thing and I living here for more than 20 years now,” said Forde, as he dipped a white shirt in a bucket of soapy water.

“Yes. This is an everyday thing for we, if we don’t do it day, we does do it night,” Thorne chimed in.

He had not long taken a shower and was also washing a few items of clothing.

Saying that some residents were squatting, Forde said they were not able to get running water in that community because they were located on “a water zone”.

Some days, said Forde, especially on evenings, there were so many people wishing to use the standpipe that they had to form a line and wait.

“Sometimes we does get a little problem out here too with people saying, ‘Man, I did here before you’,” he added.

The duo said they had one wish for their community: “To see everybody own a house spot in here and get water. We would also like to see them set up a sewage system.”

When asked how the community received its name, Forde responded: “They say it got the name because of the District “A” Police Station and we ’pon a hill.”

Claudette Griffith is a resident in one of the Station Hill, St Peter communities. She has been living there since 2004.

She said she remembered, as a girl growing up, some of the communities in the area had different names and there were just a few houses and lots of cane fields with less flow of traffic.

“There have been a lot of changes. Then it left me confused, I can’t remember what was what and where was what,” she said, through chuckles.

Griffith’s granddaughter Christina Hunte said there had not been many changes in the rural community over the years but it was not as quiet as some people may think.

“It is extremely busy. A lot of people in Barbados think that St Peter is far and that it is country and undeveloped but St Peter is extremely busy and it is not as quiet as people think it is. The traffic for me is the most annoying.

“There is constant traffic even in the wee hours of the morning. And the race cars race and go up the road although it is a Z-turn. I have always known this to be the case from the time I was a child,” she said.

“We have good transportation and we have access to different amenities in Holetown and Speightstown. We have access to a little bit of everything,” added Hunte.

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